Ice Cream Man #6 Review

by Nathan Koffler on August 15, 2018

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Good Old Neon
Publisher: Image

It is safe to say that Ice Cream Man is not an ordinary comic book series in any way. Every issue almost feels like it is tearing down the boundaries that tell us what comic books have to be. This sixth issue is an absolutely perfect example of this. 

Ice Cream Man #6 follows three different scenarios of the same man who has just bought an ice cream cone from the Ice Cream Man. His ice cream cone has three scoops in it, each a different color. The rest of the entire issue is split up into three different stories of what happens next to the man and each is shaded one of the colors of the ice cream. 

This kind of storytelling is so unique and so captivating. There was a moment when I got to the first page that had three different colors of three different scenarios where I was confused because the guy is doing this one thing and is doing something completely different in the next panel. As soon as I realized how to read the rest of the issue, I was in love with it. I actually enjoy the second of confusion because it is different, it is strange, and no other comic book is doing the stuff that Ice Cream Man is doing. And the only other thing that I will say about the story is that in true Ice Cream Man fashion, there is plenty of stuff to weird you out and make you sad. 

The concept of this issue is very creative thanks to W. Maxwell Prince’s talent, but we also really have to acknowledge how important Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran are to the execution of this storytelling. Morazzo’s style is almost always very dreamlike to me and I always really enjoy it. His artwork is even better when it is very surreal and at the same exact time showing some deep and dismal situations. His art in this issue is just perfect and does exactly what it seems that Prince needed it to do.

A major part of the artwork’s role in this issue is the three colors. Each scenario is shaded a different color and it is almost like it's a melancholy shade of that color. It looks so well done because there are several colors in the situations but they are all beautifully shaded the different ice cream colors.

Ice Cream Man #6 is another bizarre issue that is also strangely beautiful in every way. W. Maxwell Prince has created a unique comic book and Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran have contributed majorly to its success. This sixth issue is somber and scary and yet is incredibly fun to read. 

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